Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is taking applications from families who need help paying their heating bills.
Federal funding helps pay for this yearly program.
A family's income income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty index, which equates to $2,882 per month for a family of four.
The average LEAP benefit is estimated to be $302 per household, According to Aggie Berens, manager of LEAP.
Last year, more than 125,000 Coloradans applied for LEAP, and 100,794 households received an average benefit of $344.
LEAP started taking application on Nov. 1 and will continue to do so until April 30, 2013.
If you are interested in applying, there are several ways you can get an application.
LEAP eligible households may also qualify for the Crisis Invention Program [CIP] and Colorado's Energy Office's Weatherization Program.
The CIP operates year-round and provides assistance with a home's primary heating source such as a furnace or wood-burning stove.
The Weatherization Program improves the energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, thereby permanently reducing heating costs.